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Activate is a digital leadership training conference. We bring together the sharpest digital minds from political and advocacy campaigns, labour unions, creative agencies, and causes for four days of hard-skills training in digital leadership, strategy and tactics.

Participants at Activate spend their time moving between structured training sessions, and unstructured time to connect and collaborate with digital leaders from across Canada, the US, and around the world. Past participants included: Hustle,, BCGEU, CUPE BC, NZ Labour, Principle Co, Action Network, Avalanche, Planned Parenthood, BC Federation of Labour, and more. Topics included: leadership in the digital era, best practice digital campaigns, digital transformation in organizations, digital advertising, selecting the right tech stack and product mix, and applying user centred design principles to campaigns and engagement.

Why Activate?

Activate builds the digital capacity of progressives and changemakers.

Activate is all about practical training. Selecting the right combination of tools, designing and executing a strategy to win.

Who is Activate for?

Activate is for progressive digital practitioners. You may be a digital director at an advocacy organization, a content writer at a political party, an organizer at a labour union, or a senior leader who tries to bring all these pieces together. You might work with clients to deliver great digital campaigns, or build new technology.

Activate participants come from a wide variety of professional backgrounds with varying amounts of digital experience. But we share a commitment to building digital capacity among progressives in Canada, sharing our learnings with each other, and lifting each other up.

What is the cost?

Tuition Only: $695
Inclusive Price: $1,075 – $2,127 / 4 nights. Includes tuition, room, all meals, and Hollyhock activities (depends on accommodation choice).

Scholarships are available. Please indicate if you’d like to be considered for a scholarship in the application form.

Hollyhock is working to make sure our conferences and events are accessible and valuable to diverse communities. We welcome and encourage applicants who will bring diversity to Activate, including but not limited to diversity of gender, race, ability, sexual orientation, and class. We know that important, exciting and innovative digital work is happening on the margins. At Activate, we will hold up, support, and provide a platform for / share this work.

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